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2008 Formula 1 World Championship

2008 - Hamilton Pips Massa To The Title

The 2008 Season once again saw Ferrari & McLaren locked in a fight for both the Drivers & Constructors Championships. Defending Champion Kimi Raikkonen remained with Ferrari, but would endure a disappointing season. Alonso after a torrid season at McLaren returned to his old team Renault and was replaced at McLaren by Hekki Kovalainen. Lewis Hamilton would hope to do one better than last year and amend his mistakes by winning the Driver’s title. Massa would step out of Michael Schumacher’s shadow and become Ferrari’s main title challenger.

2008 also yielded the youngest ever race winner in the form of Sebastian Vettel as well as the first win for the Toro Rosso team. Fernando Alonso would also claim 2 fine victories in the later stages of the season. BMW after a strong 2007 season went onto cement their position as the third top team in F1, with a fine maiden win for Kubica & BMW at the Canadian GP.

Controversy 

The season is also of note due to several bizarre and at times controversial decisions made by the race Stewards, which affected more than just one race result! In the end it was a final show down at the Brazilian GP that was left to the final corner of the final lap to decide the 2008 champion. Lewis Hamilton won his first title, but Ferrari managed to claim yet another Constructors title, setting the scene nicely going into 2009.

Season Stories

  • Honda confirm they are to quit F1

    Honda boss Takeo Fukui confirmed this morning that they are to withdraw from Forumla One. "Honda must protect its core business activities and secure the long term as widespread uncertainties in the economies around the... read more

  • Honda Set To Quit F1!

    Thursday evening saw the shock rumours that Honda could possibly be quitting F1 before the start of the 2009 season. Honda took full ownership of the BAR team back in 2005 and enjoyed a strong 2006 season finishing 4th... read more

  • 2008 Season Review - BMW Sauber

    In the second of our Team reviews from 2008 Richard and I decided to look at BMW Sauber. A strong 2007 season set them up with hope and expectatiopns going into 2008, but did they capitolise on that? Here's what we here... read more

  • Bernie - This Medals System Stinks!

    Ecclestone’s latest idea to use a medal system instead of a points system to decide the Formula 1 titles has been met by mixed feelings and I find myself strongly on the against side. I understand the principles... read more

  • Bernie's Medals, what about the midfield?

    Bernie Ecclestone is pushing hard to get his proposed medal system passed so that it can come into force for the 2009 season. Just today he has upped the rhetoric by saying, "It's going to happen", and "All the teams are... read more

  • Webber Set To Miss Winter Testing

    It looks like Mark Webber is set to miss out on winter testing with Red Bull after breaking his leg in a charity event on the island of Tasmania. The Aussie was taking part in his own 250km endurance race that consisted... read more

  • Bourdais: Money will buy seat

    In an interested turn of events Sebastien Bourdais has voiced what can only be an attack on his team, Toro Rosso. He told GPUdate.net, "If it was just a team principal decision we would have already signed for next... read more

  • 2008 Season Review - Ferrari

    With the nail bighting championship decider over and work now moving towards focusing on preparation for next season, F1-Fans is taking a moment to look back at how each team has done over the course of this... read more

  • De la Rosa tests for Force India-Ferrari!

    In a surprise move Pedro De la Rosa is testing today for in a Force India. He was on track only yesterday in the McLaren assessing parts for their 2009 challenger. This has stirred up the rumors that have persisted since... read more

  • We've added results!

    Phew, what a few weeks the last few have been! We've been squirreling away on the site, and at last launched our results section. It's a little different to the norm, because we think a result is more than just a table... read more

  • Webber - Red Bull Most Produce Next Season

    Ahead of pre-winter testing Mark Webber has admitted in an interview with Autosport.com that the pressure is on Red Bull for next season. With the arrival of young superstar Sebastian Vettel to Red Bull, Mark Webber... read more

  • Driver Talk - Brazilian GP Race

    Well what a dramatic, nail biting finish to one of the closest races to decide the championship ever. Lewis Hamilton passing Timo Glock on the 2nd to last corner of the last lap, managed to claim the 5th place finish he... read more

  • Driver Talk - Brazilian GP Qualification

    Well the final grid line up has been set for the final race of the season, yielding a few late surprises! Pole position eventually went to Felipe Massa. Championship leader Lewis Hamilton qualified down in 4th. The main... read more

  • Driver Talk - Brazilian GP Practice

    Round 18 and the final race of the 2008 season, where we will see a new World Champion being crowned; in the form of either Lewis Hamilton or Felipe Massa. Brazil also marks  the swan song and final competitive race... read more

Position Driver Team Time
1 F Massa Ferrari 1:13:11.435
2 F Alonso Renault +13.2 secs
3 K Raikkonen Ferrari +16.2 secs
4 S Vettel Toro Rosso +38.0 secs
5 L Hamilton McLaren +38.9 secs
6 T Glock Toyota +44.3 secs
7 H Kovalainen McLaren +55.0 secs
8 J Trulli Toyota +68.4 secs
9 M Webber Red Bull +79.6 secs
10 N Heidfeld BMW Sauber +1 Lap